Posted on March 15, 2018 by Story Intl

A short 4 months ago, we got the devastating news that the children’s home we were funding and operating no longer wanted us there. After 6 years of pain, joy, grief, hope, and love shared with those kids, it felt like a sudden death in the family - tragic loss mixed up with confusion, pain, and questions. Since then we’ve had to do a lot of personal work as individuals and as an organization, looking at what this means for our efforts on behalf of vulnerable children in Huehuetenango. And while our programs are shifting focus, we cannot deny the sense of obligation and responsibility we...

Posted on March 08, 2018 by Story Intl

I like to be comfortable. I like jeans that fit just right and I like a Tempurpedic mattress as much as the next guy (yes, I can say that and still be a missionary.) I like surrounding myself with like-minded people. I don’t like talking about death, being caught off guard, or getting mosquito bites. I avoid long lines and shots and take melatonin when I can’t sleep.

I seek comfort. So do you. We rarely sit in our discomfort. We’re rarely forced to and almost never choose to.

I am...

Posted on March 01, 2018 by Story Intl

In the book, “In Pursuit of Orphan Excellence” by Philip Darke and Keith McFarland, the authors relate the story of a priest involved in the care of vulnerable children near Lima, Peru:

Santiago attended an event at the orphanage that included many wealthy people from Lima and other surrounding cities. During the event, a major donor, let’s call her Martha, was gushing about how amazing the orphanage was and how great the “mothers” were caring for and raising the children. As she went on and on praising the institution, Santiago’ frustrations grew...